How to visit parks and forests as restrictions ease
After all the disruptions to our daily lives this year, it’s not surprising if we’re weary and worn-out.
The best remedy for us all is to get outside, soak up some natural light and reconnect with nature. And there’s nowhere better to do this than in Queensland National Parks!
Here’s what you need to know about how to visit our parks and forests, in the wake of further easing of COVID restrictions. Let’s ‘Think outside’ and stay safe, everyone!
Teewah Beach camping area, Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park | Chris Whitelaw © Queensland Government
You need to book and purchase your camping and vehicle access permits online before you arrive at the park or forest.
- Depending on the park or forest, you can book camping up to 2—12 months in advance.
- The requirement to obtain a separate restricted access area authority (RAAA) for Cooloola and Bribie Island has been lifted (from Wednesday 2 December); you still need to obtain a standard vehicle access permit as usual.
As part of our social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, we are:
- limiting the number of camp sites available (and therefore numbers of campers) in some camping areas
- limiting the number of people who can access amenities at any one time in some camping areas
- enhancing cleaning regimes of all facilities.
Jollys lookout, D’Aguilar National Park | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
Parks are open but some facilities, such as walking tracks, boardwalks and picnic areas, may be closed from time to time due to wildfire impacts, maintenance and park management.
We expect popular parks will be crowded at peak times, such as weekends. If you are visiting during busy periods such as school holidays, weekends and public holidays, we suggest you seek out lesser-known parks that you haven’t visited before.
Alternatively, visit during less busy times such as week days.
Some parks have arrangements in place to help with social distancing, such as one-way paths and partial closures.
David Fleay Wildlife Park | Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government
Our attractions are open, after closures earlier in the year due to COVID-19, but social distancing restrictions remain in place.
- David Fleay Wildlife Park is open daily; entry must be pre-booked online.
- Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is open daily; entry to centre and Wildlife Discovery Shows must be pre-booked online.
- Mon Repos Turtle Centre is open daily; entry must be pre-booked online.
- Ranger-guided cave tours at Chillagoe Caves are offered daily; tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre is open; entry must be pre-booked online.
- St Helena Island and Fort Lytton are open; tours and performances are limited and/or suspended temporarily due to social distancing requirements.
In all our centres, we’ve made changes to keep visitors safe including visitor number limits, social distancing measures, visitor record keeping, contactless payments (where relevant) and enhanced cleaning regimes.
How to visit safely and responsibly
National park walking | Greg Cartwright © Queensland Government
We want you to be safe and enjoy your visit. Here’s what you can do:
- Always check Park Alerts before you leave so you can plan your visit, know which facilities are open or closed, and make the most of your trip.
- Prepare for any social distancing or hygiene measures you need to take. It’s your responsibility to bring your own sanitation products such as hand soap, sanitiser and wipes to keep yourself and your family safe.
- When camping, if you are self-contained, use your own facilities to reduce the number of visitors using park facilities.
- Remember, only visit sites that are open, where a car space is available, and practise good hygiene while you’re there. And, of course, stay home if you’re unwell!
- Find out more about staying safe and visiting with care.
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Last updated: 01 December 2020